A trusty Dopp Kit is an essential element for all travelers, but finding one that stands the test of time can be a real challenge. The Denim Dopp Kit from Boutonne is made with this in mind, featuring an oiled leather base to give it structural strength, and a heavy zipper for easy access. It's then all tied together with 10 Oz raw selvage denim. Proof that a Dopp Kit can be both functional and fashionable.
Every traveler knows the hassle of purchasing a few great finds on a trip, only to discover they have no room in their bags to bring them home. The Outlier Ultrahigh Duffle ensures you always have extra room in your bag thanks to a highly compressible rolltop design that looks great whether it's half-full or stuffed to the seams. Made from a nonwoven composite polyethylene fiber material, it's waterproof, lightweight, strong, and can hold up to 78 liters of gear if you're really in a pinch.
Give your kicks as much travel protection as your clothes with the Shrine Sneaker Duffel Bag. Designed to carry two pairs of sneakers up to size 20, this specialist bag features matte finish, weather resistant shoe compartments on either side of the main cavity, which is covered in charcoal herringbone fabric. Other features include a rear zippered pocket for your tablet, a quick-access front velcro pocket, a dedicated watch pocket, and enough room for three outfits and a dopp kit.
You don't need to take a whole bottle of booze with you just to make a few drinks. With the Stephen Kenn Travel Cocktail Kit, you'll have everything you need in one handy pouch. The bag itself is made from leather, with canvas lining and elastic interior webbing, while inside, you'll find nine empty bottles, a mixing spoon, and a book that will teach you how to pack the kit for different occasions, as well as make 15 different cocktails, with recipes coming from some of the best bartender's in the world.
Zippers get stuck. Bags get overpacked. Gadgets run out of juice. The Trunkster Suitcase aims to alleviate all of these problems with a unique array of features. To start, there's a sliding rolltop door that gives you access to your entire bag in one easy motion. Then there's a built-in, removable power pack that can charge your phone up to 9 times. There's also a built-in digital scale to ensure you stay below the weight limit, a side-to-side handle that allows for improved control and balance, a hidden compartment, and a durable aluminum and polycarbonate body. And should you ever lose your bag, there's also built-in GPS, so you can find your stuff no matter where it ends up.
It's widely known that flying commercial is far more enjoyable with a little lubrication, but the simple options afforded on the in-flight menu — cran and vodka, Jack and Coke, etc. — leave a lot to be desired. Step up your mile-high drinking game with the Carry On Cocktail Kit. This simple tin includes everything you need to fix yourself a pair of Old Fashioned cocktails (minus the whiskey), including a recipe card, a combination spoon/muddler, bitters, cane sugar, and a linen coaster that won't stick to the bottom of your cup like those cheap paper squares. Be prepared to be the envy of everyone seated in the general vicinity.
Distinctive. Subtle. Normally those two terms contradict one another, but they live together in harmony in Tumi Bashford Duffel Bag. Featuring an all-black bridle leather exterior accented by a natural leather handstrap, this roomy overnight bag features an "X" pattern on the sides that sets it apart from its traditional contemporaries. Other features include a detachable shoulder strap, contrasting beige interior lining, and several interior pockets for organizing smaller items.
It took three years of testing to develop the SDR D3 Traveller Duffel Bag, but the result is definitely worth it. This ultralight workhorse is made primarily from Cuben Fiber, a waterproof material that's four times stronger than Kevlar but weighs about half as much. Designed to fit in a business-class footwell or under an economy class seat, the bag supports a variety of carrying styles, and offers upscale details like YKK Uretek zippers, Petzl aluminium carabiners, anodized aircraft-grade aluminum loops and tri-glides, and Lhasa River stone zip pulls. And should you head out devoid of anything to carry, the entire thing rolls up to the size of a small sweater, making it ideal for hauling back the fruits of your travels.
For travelers, there isn't much that is as important as your carry-on luggage, but innovation in the industry has been almost non-existent. The Bluesmart Carry-On Bag changes that, re-imagining the suitcase to solve all the problems of the modern traveler. This high-quality piece of luggage is controlled from your smartphone and allows you to lock and unlock it, weigh it, track its location, be notified if you are leaving it behind, or even charge your phone with its built in battery. Smart luggage for the smart traveler.
Anyone who's ever paid attention to airport luggage handlers knows your bags can have a much rougher ride than you do. Keep your stuff protected with Pelican ProGear Elite Luggage. Available in a variety of colors and three different sizes, these hardcase carriers are watertight and crushproof while remaining impressively light. Features include retractable handles, integrated, TSA-approved combination locks, stainless steel hardware, recessed latches, ball bearing wheels with sturdy solid hubs, a variety of available organization sleeves, and a lifetime guarantee.
There are tons of ways to make great-tasting coffee on the go. Espresso? Not so much. Until now. The Minipresso is a highly-portable, hand-powered espresso machine that lets you brew delicious shots wherever you may be. The key is the ingenious, built-in semi-automatic piston that achieves optimal extraction pressure after just a few pumps, injecting small quantities of water into the coffee adapter for a rich, flavorful drink. Available in both coffee grind and Caffitaly models, you don't even need to remember a cup — the cap doubles as a vessel for your drink.
As airlines continue to find new ways to nickel and dime you over everything from boarding order to carry-ons, it's wise to do everything you can to try and keep them out of your wallet. The TUL Suitcase should certainly help. This full-sized, hard-shell suitcase features a built-in scale to let you know when you're coming close to the airline's weight limit, via an LCD screen on the side. As with most high-end cases, it also features multiple interior pockets, an included TSA-compliant lock, four wheels for rolling it through tight airport spaces, and an external protection jacket made from PoronXRD that will keep it looking great, your stuff protected, and provides a bit of weather resistance, as well.
We all carry a water bottle with us — and if we don't, we should — but unless your bag has a dedicated bottle pocket, odds are it just doesn't fit that well. But what if your bottle was designed like something your bag already holds, like a notebook? That's the idea behind the Memobottle. Available in three sizes — Letter, A4, and A5 — these bottles are designed to fit in your bag alongside your books, laptops, tablets, and other rectangle-y things, and hold between 750ml to 1.25L of water. Best of all, they help keep plastic bottles out of landfills, since their dishwasher-safe, BPA-free Tritan construction lets them be reused over and over again.
It's a funny thing about dopp kits: most of the items they hold are designed to stand up, yet nearly all of them are designed to lay flat. It's this disparity that brought about the Hard Graft Refresh Dopp Kit. Handmade in Italy using ultra-premium, hand-stained, vegetable tanned Italian leather, heavy duty British wool, and a sturdy metal zipper, the Refresh is meant to expand and contract with your needs, keeping everything you need at the ready, and sporting a black wipe-clean lining should you forget to put a cap on.
Go straight from the office to the slopes with the Troubadour Weekender Bag. This elegant luggage solution is handmade in Italy using high-quality materials like vegetable-tanned leather, cotton canvas lining, and rivets to reinforce the straps, and also offers two external front pockets for quick access to your most-used items and an internal zippered pocket for documents and such. And thanks to the company's commitment to quality, you'll even receive a one-year check-up call to make sure it's still in good condition — which is far more than we can say for the average nylon duffel bag.
Crumpler is generally known for its soft-shell camera bags and backpacks, but that doesn't mean it can't make a solid hardshell. Crumpler Vis-A-Vis Luggage takes all the company's bag-making know-how and applies it to traditional luggage. Available in four styles — two sizes of trunks, an attaché, and a carry-on — and with your choice of either black or red handles, each is made with a custom polycarbonate/ABS shell, and sports features like a unique clothes compression system, smart grab tailored handles, zip safety straps, built-in TSA locks, and custom-designed, travel tested components.
Most carry-on bags are all the same: a smallish, wheeled box with a single zipper for the main compartment that forces you to dig around for even the most obvious of items. The Minaal Carry-On Bag is nothing like that. Designed to be worn as a backpack or carried as a duffel (thanks to shoulder straps that hide away in less than 10 seconds), this smart bag uses full-length zippers to give you access to all your gear from any angle. Features include a lockable device compartment, rugged cordura construction, a seam-sealed rain cover, a drink holder, durable YKK zips, and, of course, a carry-on friendly size.
What features would you build into your perfect carry-on bag? Easy access to your laptop and toiletries to make TSA a breeze? A side pocket so you can get to your books or gadgets without taking your bag out of the bin? A wide wheelbase to prevent tip-overs? Well, the Travelteq Active Carry-On Bag offers all this and more. Designed to be the ultimate carry-on, this crowdfunded wonder is built from strong, light, high-quality materials, and also features a zipper from expansion, silent, off-road friendly wheels, and YKK zippers, making it weather resistant.
Avoid the sketchy showers at the truck stop and get yourself clean with the Road Shower. This eco-friendly add-on mounts to your vehicle's rack mount, and uses solar power to heat the water inside up to above 100 degrees. It's also pressurized, can easily be pumped with a bike pump, tire pump, or compressor, features a nozzle that can be clipped to the side for hands-free washing, a clear food-grade hose, and rugged matte black aluminum housing that's as discreet as a portable shower on your roof can be.
If you live somewhere with frequent rain, odds are you own at least one umbrella. And odds are it's a rather utilitarian affair — not particularly noteworthy or well-designed, but it keeps the rain off of you, so who cares. Well, this Alexander McQueen Skull Umbrella makes a strong argument that you should care. This short folding umbrella appears unremarkable from afar, but look closer and you'll find a bright blue resin skull at the base of the handle that elevates the umbrella from a necessary evil to a sharp accessory.
If you spend a lot of your time traveling, no matter if it's for business, or for pleasure, it's probably time to give some serious thought to upgrading your luggage. That old duffel bag you've been dragging around from terminal to terminal is starting to show its years, so replace it with some Rimowa Olive Green Luggage ($400 and up; available only in Rimowa stores). New for this season, the salsa collection gets a stylish color option across the line, while keeping everything people love about Rimowa luggage. Durable polycarbonate construction with a glossy finish, accenting interior fabric, multi-wheel rolling casters, telescoping handles, and TSA locks make it the perfect way to travel in style and utility.
Yes, we all have alarms built in to our phones, tablets, and other gadgets these days, but when it comes to getting up in a different time zone, you can never be too careful. The Braun Travel Alarm Clock ($50) will ensure you stay on time no matter where you roam, with a quiet German quartz movement, light, flip-down lid with a world time zone map, crescendo alarm, and signature clean design. Feel like sleeping in for just a few more minutes? Just wave your hand to activate the snooze and stave off jet lag for another few minutes.
No matter what sort of excursion you have in store — whether you're going away for a quick weekend jaunt, a week-long business trip, or a month-long international vacation — there's a Billykirk Carryall Bag ($185 and up) to suit your needs. The small carryall will hold everything you need when you just need to get away for a couple days, while the medium carryall is perfect when you need to pack in a little more, or go with the large carryall when you just can't decide what to leave home. Each one is made from high-quality fabrics (including waxed canvas and herringbone cotton) with leather accents and straps, plenty of pockets, and enough color options to fit any man's style.
If you're the type of person that likes to pamper your possessions as much as yourself, the Rimowa x Moncler Suitcase ($1,960) should be perfect for you. Sporting a sleek riffled aluminum exterior, it features shiny, quilted laqué nylon lining to protect your stuff, rugged construction, an included shoe bag, transparent toiletries case, and quilted case.
Forget about duffles, weekenders, totes, rollers, or whatever else you cram your stuff in before hitting the road. It's time to consider a classic, the suitcase. Or, the Hard Graft Carry On Suitcase ($906), to be more specific. This artisan-crafted case is made of Italian leather and British wool, so it will stand up to the treatment of even the clumsiest baggage handler. But, you may choose to bypass that route altogether and bring it on the plane. It's the perfect size for an overhead compartment, and a removable shoulder strap means you can carry it comfortably as you run to make your connection.
Block out unwanted light, hide your headphones, and support your neck all at the same time with the Travel HoodiePillow ($20). This ultimate airline accessory features an inflatable neck pillow that's built on to the bottom of a spacious hood, which features a pair of drawstrings for blocking everything out. It's suggested that it's also good for reading, watching TV, and studying, but frankly, all we want it for is to keep the creep next to us in seat 26B from making eye contact. [via]
Tired of long walks from terminal to terminal? Make your next trip more manageable by packing your stuff inside a piece of Micro Scooter Luggage ($250). Developed in collaboration with Samsonite, this unique suitcase features hard-side construction, a 26L capacity that makes it ideal for short trips, and built-in kickboard that folds out to turn the entire thing into a scooter, allowing you to roll from place to place with ease.
Enjoy freshly-brewed French press coffee without the hassle of a full-size pot with the Minibru Coffee Mug ($25). Built on the same principles, the Minibru has you add in ground coffee and hot water, let it brew for 2-3 minutes, and then insert the plastic plunger to filter out the grains — leaving you with a perfectly-portioned amount of coffee, no oversized pots or weird-looking single brew contraptions required.
It may not look flashy, but when you arrive at your destination and all you need to do is hang it up, you'll be glad to have this Lexdray London Garment Bag ($540). Made from ballistic nylon and neoprene, this unique piece of luggage features built-in shelving — letting you keep your shirts, pants, socks, and underwear separated and easily accessible — as well as military-grade hardware, a removable Oxford Suiter, and a fleece-lined laptop compartment.